Nova Scotian killed in Iraqi ambush

A Nova Scotia man working for a private security firm in Iraq was killed during an attack in Baghdad on Wednesday.

A Nova Scotia man working for a private security firm in Iraq was killed during an attack in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Stefan Surette, 30, had been working for Edinburgh Risk Inc., a British company that escorts government officials in Iraq.

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He was on his way to Baghdad airport when a bomb exploded ahead of his convoy, said cousin Ralph Surette. "While they were stopped, they were attacked."

Three car bombs and several shootings killed at least six people in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Stefan Surette served in Bosnia with the Canadian Forces and later joined the British army. He served in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan and was promoted to master corporal.

After seven years in the British army, Surette joined the private security company.

Family members in Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau, near Yarmouth, were aware of the risks in Iraq, said Ralph Surette. "They're weren't happy with him being there, that's for sure."

He said Stefan will be missed by all his friends around the world.